Lake Norrell FD to host open house
The Lake Norrell Fire Department plans to host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Thompson Station, located at the corner of West Avilla and Thompson Dairy roads.
“The community has given so much to the fire department,” said Board Member April Burchfield. “This is our way to give back to the community and share the new station.”
The department is officially known as the Lake Norrell Area Fire Protection District.
Burchfield said Thompson is the newest station the department began planning 13 years ago. Construction began in 2016 and opened in 2017.
The department held an open house last year and Burchfield hopes it will be an annual event for the community.
Attendees will be able to tour the fire station. The board plans to share information about how the firefighters train, how the department is funded and how money is spent, how firefighters respond to calls and how those responses affect home owners’ insurance premiums.
Currently, Lake Norrell has a Protection Class 6 rating.
The department also wants to talk to people about volunteering.
“We always need volunteers,” Burchfield said.
While they do need firefighters and emergency medical personnel, the department is looking for volunteers for other jobs as well.
“We don’t want everyone to think they have to run into a burning building,” Burchfield said.
They need volunteers for jobs around the station such as social media promotion, assistance with brochure design and assistance with recruitment.
Along with meeting the firefighters and learning more about what they do, there will also be bounce houses for children and at least one helicopter is scheduled to land at the open house.
Burchfield also hopes to have some adoptable pets on hand.
Refreshments will be available, along with door prizes.
The event is sponsored by Avilla Hardware, Larry’s Pizza in Bryant, Sugar Dumplin’s Cupcakes, Justice of the Peace Barbara Howell and Salem Pharmacy.
“People in our district should attend to see our new station, meet the firefighters, find out how the fire department affects insurance premiums and the different ways they could volunteer to help the fire department,” Burchfield said.
Fire Chief Ronnie Forsyth, left, Dawn Brown, Doug Brown, April Burchfield, Kyle Dennis, Tim Hoffman and Lynn Wright stand in front of Thompson Station where the Lake Norrell Fire Department will hold an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.